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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 8/1

IN: Indiana Senate votes to ban most abortions

indystar.com

Over the protests of 10 of its own members, Republicans in the Indiana Senate narrowly voted to ban nearly all abortions in the state. The move puts Indiana on track to be one of the first states to pass new abortion restrictions after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade.

WI: Wisconsin DOJ launches probe of Trump voters’ fraudulent absentee ballot requests

jsonline.com

The state Department of Justice is launching an investigation into a scheme to commit election crimes by a group of Wisconsin residents who believe former President Donald Trump did not lose the 2020 election and fraudulently requested absentee ballots to prove voter fraud exists.

KS: Record turnout expected in Kansas with abortion amendment on ballot

cjonline.com

The amendment in Kansas would affirm that the state constitution doesn't confer a right to abortion. And after millions of dollars in spending and thousands of volunteer hours on both sides, voters appear to have gotten the message.

IL: Illinois governor creates office to distribute millions from opioid settlements 

chicagotribune.com

Illinois Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued an executive order creating a statewide office to oversee the distribution of more than $700 million over two decades to cities and neighborhoods most affected by opioid addiction. 

LA: Louisiana's abortion ban ordered to be reinstated amid legal battle 

theadvocate.com

A Louisiana appeals court has ruled the state’s strict ban on abortion must be reinstated as the ongoing legal challenge to the ban plays out, delivering a blow to abortion advocates after they won a favorable ruling in district court. 

MN: Impact of Ukraine war ripples across Minnesota's agriculture sector

startribune.com

In the United States, few places have ties to Ukraine as deep as Minnesota, where a rocket landing in a wheat field in Kherson can mean higher prices for a wheat farmer in Kittson County, or a land mine in a port outside Odesa raises the stress for an agribusiness executive in Inver Grove Heights.

WV: West Virginia abortion bill stuck in limbo; legislature to return in August

wvpublic.org

After a full day of wrangling, the West Virginia legislature failed to pass the abortion bill it worked on all week. The two chambers had significantly different views on how it should proceed. A conference committee will iron out the differences.

OK: Public housing is disappearing as solution as unmet demand rises in Oklahoma

oklahoman.com

Evictions in Oklahoma County, which includes Oklahoma City, have risen above pre-pandemic levels since the eviction moratorium ended in August 2021. Eviction filings swelled to more than 25% above average in Oklahoma County in June, with 1,593 actions filed.

DC: DC may end right on red for cars, let cyclists yield at stop signs

washingtonpost.com

Aiming to make walking and cycling safer,the D.C. Council’s transportation committee approved legislation that would allow people on bicycles and scooters to treat a stop sign as a yield sign. The bill also would ban right-on-red turns for cars beginning Jan. 1, 2025, with some exceptions.

NY: New York governor’s campaign donor lands big state contract

timesunion.com

The New York Department of Health is awarding a multibillion-dollar transportation contract to a company owned by a significant campaign donor to Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul. Hochul also was the beneficiary of a campaign fundraiser the bidder hosted for the governor as the procurement process was nearing its conclusion.

AK: Alaska's first monkeypox case recorded in Anchorage

alaskapublic.org

Alaska has recorded its first case of monkeypox. Anchorage Health Department officials say the person who tested positive is an Anchorage resident and is isolating at home. Officials say the person did not require hospitalization and was a close contact of a person who recently traveled out of state.

AR: Arkansas officials approve signatures for recreational marijuana initiative

arkansasonline.com

Petitioners for Responsible Growth Arkansas gathered the required number of valid signatures, moving the proposed constitutional amendment that would legalize recreational marijuana one step closer to appearing on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.

NE: Nebraska wildfires force evacuations

nebraskapublicmedia.org

Lightning sparked wildfires in western Nebraska that forced evacuations near Cedar Canyon and Carter Canyon, destroying at least one home. Some roads were closed.

MI: Michigan submits $110M electric vehicle charging plan to feds
detroitnews.com

detroitnews.com

Michigan plans to build 127 fast chargers along the state's major highways by 2026, under an electric vehicle charging plan submitted to the federal government. The plan would unlock $110 million in federal funding over the next five years through the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure funding program created by the bipartisan infrastructure law.

TN: Tennessee governor’s embrace of conservative Michigan college sours

apnews.com

The president of Michigan’s Hillsdale College was riding high earlier this year when he announced plans to launch 50 charter schools in Tennessee after Republican Gov. Bill Lee originally asked for 100. Six months later, that relationship has cooled after the Hillsdale leader made disparaging comments about educators.

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